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Matrox DS1/HDMI Thunderbolt Docking Station for Macbook Pro/Macbook Air

by Matrox
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  • HDMI with embedded audio (1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps maximum resolution)
  • Wake-on-LAN
  • Wake-on-USB
  • HDCP compliance for protected content playback
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Matrox DS1/HDMI Thunderbolt Docking Station for Macbook Pro/Macbook Air + Startech 0.5m M/M Thunderbolt Cable
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Technical Details
BrandMatrox
Item Weight599 g
Product Dimensions8 x 34.5 x 13 cm
Item model numberDS1/HDMI
  
Additional Information
ASINB00AO1VMHA
Best Sellers Rank 67,745 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight975 g
Date First Available5 Feb 2013
  
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Thunderbolt Docking Station for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Finally - the convenience and connectivity you've been looking for! Today's MacBooks are powerful enough for most corporate users but their cumbersome connectivity makes them inconvenient, and their small screens and keyboards make them uncomfortable to use in the office all day. The new Matrox DS1 docking station changes everything! Matrox DS1 gives you the most from your Thunderbolt port by letting you add a large display, a full size keyboard, a mouse, an Ethernet network, and many other peripherals using a single cable. In an instant, you enjoy all the productivity benefits of a desktop computer. Create your ideal ergonomic workspace wherever you are - in the office, in the dorm, or at home. Save time everyday – come and go without disconnecting and re-connecting all your devices. One Thunderbolt connection does it all. Tame the cables cluttering your desk and save wear-and-tear on your laptop. Screen Size Matters Go beyond 13 inches. Enjoy the productivity benefits and superior comfort of an affordable full-size display. Choose Matrox DS1/DVI for use with DVI displays or Matrox DS1/HDMI for use with HDMI displays with embedded audio. Gigabit Ethernet for All Matrox DS1 adds gigabit Ethernet access to laptops that do not have a built-in gigabit Ethernet port. Transfer data 18 times faster than WiFi and offload traffic from the corporate WiFi network. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Matrox DS1 adds an easily accessible SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port to your system. Transfer data 10 times faster than standard USB 2.0. Expand Your Connectivity Two additional USB 2.0 ports let you connect anything else you need — full-size keyboard and mouse, printer, scanner, storage, smart phone, optical drive, camera, flash drive, and other peripherals. Audio input and output connections support microphones, speakers, and headsets. Daisy Chain Setup Matrox DS1 is the last device in your Thunderbolt chain. Conveniently positioning your Thunderbolt storage with pass-through between your laptop and your DS1 lets you easily remove just your laptop, or your laptop plus storage, with a single disconnection.

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Matrox DS1/HDMI* Matrox DS1 Dockingstation HDMI


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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well 27 Feb 2013
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One point, its only after I received this that I realised how annoying it is that it has to be the last Thunderbolt device in the chain. I don't think this is viable as an approach for a docking station as it means that any Tbolt hard drives have to be connected before the Docking station. Not a deal killer, but not very convenient. I think at least Thunderbolt out port is needed on such a product.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By EXERO
Hi,
Just wanted to share my DS1 experience. I bought it earlier in the week from a pro-video store in Berlin [Euro230] and with my 2013 retina macbook with win7 bootcamp, was shocked to find that it only worked on the "MAC" side - until I luckily came across a post that allowed me to download drivers for the Win7 [bootcamp] side [...]. So far, so good - although I was a little pissed that of the 3 X USB ports, only one is USB3.
I originally bought it to use with one of my earlier MBpro15 - circa 2009/2010, but found that it wouldn't recognise it on the MAC or WIN side.
For EURO50 I can purchase a USB3 hub. So I'm not sure if I'll actually be able to use it for anything useful - yet...
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't Work Until/Unless Apple Issues an Update 25 Jan 2013
By Jill McIntire - Published on Amazon.com
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I really was excited about this, however after about a week, I started having trouble. I have the DS1/HDMI connected to a 15 inch MacBook Pro Retina running OS X 10.8.2. Connected to the DS1 are:

External Speakers
External HDMI monitor
2TB USB 2.0 External Drive
Apple USB Keyboard

Things worked ok for a few days, but then the speakers started randomly popping, then along with the speaker pop, I would also get a message saying my external drive hadn't been properly ejected, and my keyboard would quit. The pops are about half a second apart (disconnecting and reconnecting?) My external drive was appearing and disappearing several times within a couple of minutes. (Along with the warning message about not being ejected properly). Occasionally my external monitor doesn't get a connection. I went to the Matrox website and found a user forum. Evidently this is a known issue. The response from Matrox is: "We are currently dealing with Apple to resolve some usb instabilities as well as wake from sleep issues. These should be resolved in a upcoming update from Apple." I may try again down the road if I see an Apple update that addresses this, and the user feedback changes, otherwise, it's too much money to spend for something that Matrox is hoping Apple will fix.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly. 27 Mar 2013
By Jose A. Camil - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this DS since Belkin is NEVER going to ship its Thunderbolt DS. I was a little hesitant at first since i read some issues with this DS.
Finally today I managed to hook this with a 0.5 Thunderbolt cable and a MBP 15" retina display running 10.8.3 OS.
The DS works flawlessly, no hiccups all OK. I read about the USB issues in the Matrox site but I did not experience anything at all.

If you are in the need for a Thunderbolt DS, this is your choice.

UPDATE:
My unit is starting to show what others users complian about: drives not mounting / unmounting at random, etehrnet issues, etc.
This happened at random, not after any system update or anything...
Seems that I am stuck with this....
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This Thunderbolt dock works but has a few limitations 18 April 2013
By Whatever - Published on Amazon.com
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With the newest OSX 10.8.3 update, the USB-related bugs seem to be fixed. I have no trouble running USB speakers, a USB 3.0 external drive, or Ethernet networking. In the few weeks I've had the dock, I only had to powercycle it once.

However, this dock would much better if it had a 2nd Thunderbolt port so you could connect a DisplayPort adapter to it. The reason is that the HDMI port built into this dock is limited to 1080i output. 1080p works with some displays but it has visible artifacts. I tried this on 2 different displays with similar results. If your monitor's native resolution is 2560x1440 or something similar, this dock will not work with it unless you set the resolution to 1920x1080. The DVI version of this dock supports 1920x1200 but this resolution does not work reliably over HDMI, causing the display to turn on and off randomly.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, but a few issues 15 May 2013
By RS Apogee - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased the Matrox Dock (HDMI version) to cut down on the number of cables feeding up through the wire collar in my desk. I configured it from a Macbook Pro Retina 13 via Thunderbolt to the following: LG display via HDMI; ethernet to a Time Capsule; USB to an external Iomega drive; and as an occasional USB interface to an iPhone. Upon initial setup, one power cycle of the Matrox got everything working. Unfortunately, over a couple of days of use, random problems came up with the USB connections (which were supposedly fixed with an update). Twice, when hooking up the iPhone, it locked up iTunes to the point of having to force quit. This was remedied by power cycling the Matrox, but the failure occurred again at random times. Also, the Iomega drive would not always mount when powered up. Again, powering down/up the Matrox fixed the problem -- until the next time. Apparently other users are not experiencing these issues, so maybe I got a dud. I ended up returning the Matrox and purchasing the Belkin Thunderbolt Dock from Apple. So far, it is working fine.

For those of you interested in comparing the two units, here's my two cents. The Matrox felt more substantial and looked a bit nicer than the Belkin except I didn't like the way the Thunderbolt cable comes out of the front of the unit. With the Matrox, you will have cables coming out of both the front and the rear, whereas the Belkin gives you a choice -- all cables can hook up to the rear, but there's a channel cut out of the bottom that allows you to route a cable or two out the front. Also, the Belkin has two Thunderbolt ports, but the Matrox has one. Other than a slight aesthetic advantage to the Matrox chassis, I'd give the overall edge to the Belkin since it has worked flawlessly for me. The only negatives I see with the Belkin are the $50 price premium and the fact that it does not have an HDMI port, so I have to use a Thunderbolt-to-HDMI dongle (which adds even more cost).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but no pass-through thunderbolt port... and no thunderbolt cable. 2 Aug 2013
By Joe Rama - Published on Amazon.com
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First impressions, seems to work. Caveat: no pass-through thunderbolt (and only one USB 3.0 port).

For a USB 3.0 solution, I ordered 7+2 port USB3.0 hub to go along with it.

USB 3.0 disk drives dis/connect without issue or interference with each other. Thunderbolt drive connects and chains just fine.

I had immediate problems with the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock (Cable Sold Separately) and returned it.
I am so relieved this Matrox hub works, since this hub is a key to adding life to older (non-USB3.0) computers, and accessing high-speed peripherals.

(FYI: I have not done any formal speed tests but my SSD is wicked fast on the Matrox, so that's positive.)
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